Earth Day 2019Monday, 22 April 2019 -
Cities play a critical role in protecting biodiversity and educating the public about the importance of species and biodiversity in regard to community health and wellbeing. Cities are growing at a rapid pace; by 2050 two thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Increasing urbanization without responsible stewardship is a threat to local flora and fauna. However, these challenges offer an opportunity to change our approach to urban living, to embrace the biodiversity that is essential, although often unseen, part of city living so that communities and species can thrive in unity. Cities around the world are leading the way and developing innovative plans to expand and protect urban ecosystems. Local governments have a wide array of options available to implement species and biodiversity protection plans. These include ordinances, city-wide strategies and guidelines, and public outreach and education campaigns.